Reason was Tamaki Nami’s 5th single. It was released on November 10, 2004 and reached no. 2 on the Oricon Charts making it her highest charting single. The title track was used as the first ending theme song for the anime Gundam SEED: Destiny. This was also the second single in the Make Progress Era.
2. Promised Land
4. Reason (Instrumental)
Honestly since there’s nothing new being released yet that I want to review, most will come later this week, so I’ve decided to review some old material, namely Reason. Well let me first start off by saying that most people who are into the Gundam SEED series should remember this song, it was pretty unforgettable. It’s reminiscent of her older dance works like Believe and Realize. There’s still a great deal of synth and techno throughout the song, but it’s pretty infectious. As usual the electric guitar and percussion still play a vital role in the song. The vocals aren’t all that impressive but they do sound great. The music is fantastic as always, energetic mid-tempo dance with some guitar flare.
I’m still not a fan of Nami’s B-Sides and Promised Land is no exception. The strings opening was rather interesting but that was it, otherwise it wasn’t all that great. After that the music just became dance oriented with the occasional guitar riff, other than that nothing special. I’ll admit that the English was nice, but it’s still not all that great. The strings throughout the entire song however were great, and they meshed well with the guitar riffs, synth elements and dance music. The chorus is pretty catchy, but the melody isn’t anything to get to excited about. This is basically a water downed version of Reason.
The same goes for Truth sadly. The music is basically the same as the last two songs, obviously there are differences as this song is more rock but other than that it’s all the same. The music is too similar and the vocals are too dull. There’s nothing remotely exciting about this song.
Overall Review: Reason was pure synth dance delightfulness! Despite this single being rather mediocre I still love the title track. Sadly it’s the only thing that makes this single worthwhile. It’s energetic and exciting nonetheless, and infectious as ever. It’s an excellent follow up to her previous Gundam SEED theme song singles. I wish that her B-Sides would have been better but that’s Nami for you. The most important thing is that the title track rocks, which in this case it does. An exhilerating single in the Make Progress Era.
Final Grade: 93B+